Definitions for slippery slope
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a dangerous and irreversible course:
the slippery slope from narcotics to prison.
Origin of slippery slope:
A chain of events that, once initiated, cannot be halted; especially one in which the final outcome is undesirable or precarious.
An argument that follows a chain of events or causes and effects to some conclusion.
In logic and critical thinking, a slippery slope is an informal fallacy. A slippery slope argument states that a relatively small first step leads to a chain of related events culminating in some significant effect, much like an object given a small push over the edge of a slope sliding all the way to the bottom. The strength of such an argument depends on the warrant, i.e. whether or not one can demonstrate a process which leads to the significant effect. The fallacious sense of "slippery slope" is often used synonymously with continuum fallacy, in that it ignores the possibility of middle ground and assumes a discrete transition from category A to category B. Modern usage avoids the fallacy by acknowledging the possibility of this middle ground.
Translations for slippery slope
- ladeira escorregadiaPortuguese
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